Jun 17, 2014

Saving the Japanese eel

The international designation of the Japanese eel as a species at risk of extinction underscores the need for more controlled and responsible fishing and consumption to preserve one of this nation's long-cherished food cultures.

Eco-labels urged to save endangered marine life

| Feb 9, 2014

Eco-labels urged to save endangered marine life

2013 highlighted the decline in Japan’s fishery resources, with baby eel trading at ¥3 million per kilogram — more expensive than silver — and the catch quota of bluefin tuna being slashed at the December meeting of the Commission for the Conservation and Management ...

Sushi boss wins Tsukiji tuna auction at giant discount

Jan 5, 2014

Sushi boss wins Tsukiji tuna auction at giant discount

Sushi chain operator Kiyoshi Kimura netted a real bargain Sunday, taking home a 230-kg bluefin tuna for a mere ¥7.36 million, a fraction of the price he paid last year during the year’s first auction at the Tsukiji fish market in Tokyo. The auction ...

Curbs eyed for young Pacific bluefin tuna catch

Nov 19, 2013

Curbs eyed for young Pacific bluefin tuna catch

International regulations on fishing for bluefin tuna in the Pacific will be made tighter next year in the face of sharp declines in stocks of the fish, which is highly prized for sushi. In a report released in July, international researchers estimated the ocean’s ...

Kinki University fish lab opening Ginza eatery

Oct 30, 2013

Kinki University fish lab opening Ginza eatery

by Tomoko Otake

A fisheries research lab at Kinki University in Wakayama Prefecture is poised to make a smashing debut in the heart of Japan’s gourmet capital: Ginza. The private university will open a fish restaurant in the glitzy Tokyo district on Dec. 2, serving tuna, red ...